UConn needed to start its two-game road trip with a win. The Huskies let it slip away.
Tulsa stormed past UConn late in the second half, handing the Huskies a 60-51 loss in Oklahoma Thursday night.
UConn (11-5, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) dropped its first road game of the season. The Huskies go to Houston Sunday. UConn has lost both its trips to play the Cougars in conference play. This was the second straight loss at Tulsa.
Rodney Purvis failed to get into double figures for the first time this season. The junior finished with five points, making one of his nine field goal attempts. Purvis and Daniel Hamilton combined to make three of 21 shots, one of 14 from behind the 3-point line. Purvis was 3-for-4 from the foul line. Hamilton did not attempt one.
Sterling Gibbs led UConn with 20 points. Fellow graduate transfer Shonn Miller scored 14. No one else reached double figures for UConn.
The game was about runs early on. UConn opened on an 8-0 run. Tulsa responded with a 7-0 run, but UConn scored the next 10 points to go up 18-7. The Huskies went ahead 21-13, but Tulsa stormed back to take a 26-24 lead. Sterling Gibbs' layup with 1:09 left in the first half sent the teams into the break tied at 26.
UConn led by as many as six in the second half, but never opened the game up. The Huskies failed to execute offensively, despite limiting the turnovers after a rough first half when it came to protecting the ball. UConn shot 17-for-55 overall (30.9 percent).
Tulsa trailed 37-31 before coming back to tie the game at 46. James Woodard's 3-pointer with 4:34 to go put the Golden Hurricane up for good.